Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources
Crawford Stewardship Project is a nonprofit organization.
Donations are tax deductible.
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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.
RESIST, 259 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-623-5110, www.resistinc.org
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.
Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network (SRWN)
It is the mission of SRWN to assemble a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to preserve the environment while maintaining the health and economic vitality of rural communities.
This loose knit coalition of citizen, farm, environmental, and health organizations works statewide on issues of monitoring around CAFOs and addressing concerns of rural communities. There are presently 202 CAFOs in Wisconsin. (55 Jennie-O Turkey CAFOs have one permit!). Many more are in process in our state as our state policy includes promoting CAFOs as a way to grow agriculture in the state. SRWN maintains that family farms of a size that the land can sustain are what we need in our state.
SRWN addresses the Livestock Siting Law Issues, including the need for local control to protect the interests of local citizens by assuring that no CAFOs which would adversely impact the environment, health and economic viability of citizens are located in the county; and that regulations of state and federal environmental laws fro these facilities are enforced by appropriate agencies.
SRWN created a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) proposal with the DNR in response to the DNR MOU with the Dairy Business Association (DBA), a CAFO promotional organization. The MOU is meant to ensure that CAFOs are held accountable to the law and do not violate the rights of Wisconsin citizens. The MOU also reaffirms the DNR's mission and role as protector of Wisconsin's natural resources, serving the Citizens of Wisconsin, not the corporate livestock facilities it regulates or their lobby organization, the Dairy Business Association.
SRWN website - www.sustainruralwisconsin.net
April 22, 2010
SRWN Letter to Secretary Matt Frank of the DNR re: Citizens MOU